Dog fouling order across Dudley extended for three years

An order which cracks down on dog fouling and bans canines from fenced off children’s play areas has been extended.

The existing Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) was introduced in 2021 for a period of three years.

It has now been renewed for a further three years up to March 2027 after a consultation inviting borough residents to have their say.

The PSPO forms the primary dog control legislation in the borough and addresses dog fouling, including a ban on dogs in children’s fenced off play areas. The council receives regular complaints in relation to dog fouling and over the last year officers have issued 17 fixed penalty notices.

In order to issue a notice, an authorised officer must see the owner allowing their dog to foul and not clearing away afterwards for an offence to occur. The current fixed penalty notice under the PSPO stands at £100, although failure to pay can incur costs of up to £2,500. Cllr Damian Corfield, cabinet member for highways and environmental services said:

“I welcome the renewal of this order for another three years following a public consultation.

“Dog fouling of public spaces is absolutely unacceptable, especially when it puts the health of others, especially children at risk. Exposure to dog faeces, directly or indirectly, can leave people vulnerable to diseases like toxocariasis. Dog faeces can also carry E.coli and hepatitis.

“This PSPO gives us enforcement powers to crack down on irresponsible owners who allow their dogs to foul our pavements, green spaces and play areas.”

PSPOs are intended to address activities carried out in public spaces which have a detrimental effect on the quality of life of those in the locality.

The new PSPO would last for a maximum period of three years and could then be renewed for a further three-year period. To report incidents of dog fouling contact Dudley Council Plus on 0300 555 2345.


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